Peter Gleick: Government should control all groundwater

California water will never be managed sustainably until we bring the state’s groundwater under public management. The physical reality is that our groundwater is no different than our surface water: it is as connected to every other part of our water system as firmly as our muscles are connected to our bones and interwoven with the circulatory systems of our bodies. The political reality is different. We pretend that groundwater is something private, to be managed in the dark, outside of public view. And it is certainly in the interests of some to continue this charade. The legislature must pass, and the next Governor must sign, comprehensive statewide groundwater law. Hard? Unlikely? Sure. But absolutely necessary.

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